Tuesday, August 04, 2009

This is Change?

The more things change, the more they stay the same, as the old saying goes. Ambassadorships are still for sale as this story shows:

John Roos, nominee for the next U.S. ambassador to Japan, said Thursday he will work hard to solidify the "special bond" between the United States and Japan if his nomination is confirmed.

If approved by the Senate, Roos, 54, one of Obama's top fundraisers during his presidential campaign, will serve as point man for U.S. policy on Japan, a key Asian ally.

Roos is almost unknown among U.S. and Japanese officials and experts. As he has no diplomatic and security experience, some doubt has been raised about his qualifications at a time when North Korea's nuclear and missile threats are mounting. (Emphasis added).

Another disturbing point, courtesy of the Nation magazine: Roos speaks no Japanese.

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